Daily Archives: July 3, 2017

UK | The meaning of life in a world without work

by Yuval Noah Harari

Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs. Many new professions are likely to appear: virtual-world designers, for example. But such professions will probably require more creativity and flexibility, and it is unclear whether 40-year-old unemployed taxi drivers or insurance agents will be able to reinvent themselves as virtual-world designers (try to imagine a virtual world created by an insurance agent!). And even if the ex-insurance agent somehow makes the transition into a virtual-world designer, the pace of progress is such that within another decade he might have to reinvent himself yet again.

Venezuela | Protesters in Venezuela Take Inspiration from Ukraine Revolt

Venezuela’s young protesters are turning to Ukraine’s 2013-14 revolt for inspiration, donning Viking-like shields in battles with security forces and eagerly watching a film on the Kiev uprising.

Foes of Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro are holding public showings of Netflix’s “Winter on Fire” documentary about the three-month standoff in Ukraine that led to 100 deaths and the exit of then-president Viktor Yanukovich.

India | Indian trade unionists fight for liberation of 13 Maruti workers

Trade unions join forces in a rally in Calcutta for the release of the “Maruti 13” International Workers committee reports from India.

A rally was held on the 5th of June in Calcutta (in the state of West Bengal) – a working-class rally called by nineteen trade unions, practically five years to the day after the workers at Manesar Maruti Suzuki (State of Haryana) factory formed their union and engaged a strike so their collective agreement could benefit the 80% workers who were excluded from it. During that strike, a member of the management staff accidentally died. This was used as a pretext for the firing of 2,500 workers and the imprisoning of hundreds of them for nearly four years.